CBU still boiling

LECTURERS at the Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe say they will not hesitate to withdraw their labour if Government fails to act on their submissions to Government.
Copperbelt University Academic Union (CBUAU) General Secretary Elaston Njovu said lecturers submitted during the meeting last week that while they resumed work Government should investigate their concerns.
On Thursday, lecturers agreed to resume work after holding a meeting with Minister of Education Michael Kaingu and his counterpart for Labour Fackson Shamenda.
Mr Njovu said the union submitted to the Minister of Education that he should ensure that the four top senior managers at the institution are removed.
He named the top four managers as Vice Chancellor Naison Ngoma, his deputy Shadreck Chama, bursar Fanwell Musonda and the registrar Hellen Mukumba.
“We also submitted that the dismissal letters which were issued to lecturers by the Copperbelt University Council should be withdrawn. We submitted to the minister that the dismissal letters were misplaced because it was done contrary to the disciplinary charges of the council so we requested the letter to be withdrawn and no academic staff should be fired,” Mr Njovu said.
He revealed that during the meeting with the two ministers, the union submitted that Dr Mwiya Songolo should be restored to the CBU council.
“We have also submitted to the minister to give us a clear road map to ascertain when they will complete investigating allegations leveled against the top four managers,” Mr Njovu said.
He said the lecturers were expecting as soon as possible to hear from the minister the action he would take on their submissions.
Mr Njovu told Daily Nation that the lecturers would take necessary measures if Government failed to take action on their submissions.
“We want to believe that Government will take appropriate action on our submissions. And Government should trust us and we shall deliver,” he said.
Mr Njovu thanked Dr Kaingu and Mr Shamenda for being fair during the meeting.
He however accused the CBU council of bias and making wrong decisions when it issued dismissal letter to the academic staff.
Last month, the CBU was closed indefinitely by Dr Kaingu.
This was after lecturers at the institution downed tools for more than three weeks to push for the resignation of Professor Ngoma and the entire management for alleged failure to manage the institution.
Dr Kaingu further revoked the appointment of CBUAU president Dr Songolo to the University Council. On Friday, Dr Kaingu announced that CBU would reopen on August 17.

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